What to Expect – SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

I started my mid day shift schedule at work in June and just couldn’t find time to get anything done. I wasn’t reading, writing, or posting which did not make for a very happy Lindsay. I had to work at having a life outside of my job.

I focused on my writing in July and sent the first draft of my non-fiction out to beta readers. I also finished a detailed outline for my NaNoWriMo novel and started working on a survival thriller I’ve put off for two years. The month was a success!

writing animated GIF

August was spent coupling my writing with more reading time. Audio books filled my commute to and from work, I spent my breaks with my nose in my Nook, and I started taking a book to bed with me again. August was also a success!

book animated GIF

So what can you expect for September? More posts! I realized yesterday that both my sites have been pretty quiet over the last few months as I tried to regain the creative side of my life. So September will be full of reviews on the books I read in August! It may have taken me a few months but I’m finally giving some priority to my favorite things!

happy dance animated GIF

What do you have planned this month?
Lindsay

Advertisements

Identity Theft

identity bannerIdentity Theft

by Laura Lee

Identity_Theft_Cover_for_Kindlejpg_picmonkeyed

When the rock star she idolized responded to her e-mail, Candi was thrilled. When he started to flirt with her, she thought all her dreams could come true. The fantasy takes over her entire life, but none of it is true. The man of her dreams is not a rock star at all, but a bored office worker whose internet game quickly spins out of control.

Laura Lee’s second novel, Identity Theft, is now available. It is a humorous, thought-provoking examination of the state of the self in the 21st Century full of surprising plot twists.

It explores celebrity, online relationships, the loss of professional identity that comes with insecure employment and how inner reality is often at odds with outer image.

 

I’m FINALLY getting a new review up!! WOO HOO! Anyways, so April from A Well Read Woman told me about a general fiction book that I had to read. I usually don’t go for stories outside of specific genres, such as mystery or science fiction, but I just couldn’t say no to Laura Lee’s Identity Theft. The premise had me hooked, much like the romantic comedies Ethan watches for research purposes, and I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. Plus, I was drawn in by Lee’s realistic characters and quick pacing.

I connected easily with Ollie and Candi. Both are having a difficult time handling their new realities: Ollie an aging rockstar going through a divorce and Candi a career woman with an unsatisfying career. I absolutely LOVED Candi and honestly, she was the type of character that I needed to read. I too understand the frustration of a less than satisfying career. I fight the exhausting fight against debt. I get Candi and she is why I enjoyed Identity Theft. I needed to read about her struggles and watch how she manages the obstacles. It gives hope to all of us late 20s girls with celebrity crushes and

My only real complaint would be Ethan’s lack of depth. I like him, but I really wish there had been more to his character. We get glimpses of it through his correspondence with Candi but not enough to make me like him through the majority of the story. I actually got REALLY frustrated by his lack of action during some points. But that’s it!

I love the ending, which is incredibly important as I spent most of the read cringing and wondering how Lee would pull everything together. The best aspect is it ended realistically and not in the overly spectacular fashion found in pop culture chick lit. Identity Theft forced me to think about my own dreams and reality, while still making me chuckle. It is great examination on the difference between how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by others. I definitely recommend it!

So which rock star/celebrity do you wish you could meet?! 😜

Lindsay


Author Bio
10613106_10152978432280948_4577096071060874971_n

Laura Lee is the author of 14 books. She is best known for her non-fiction with such publishers as Reader’s Digest, Harper Collins, Running Press and Broadway Books. Her first novel Angel was published in 2011, released in an audio edition last year and will be published in a second edition later this year. She has also written two collections of poetry, and a children’s book (A Child’s Introduction to Ballet). She brings to her writing a unique background as a radio announcer, improvisational comic and one-time professional mime and she divides her time between writing and organizing national ballet master class tours. The San Francisco Chronicle said of her work, “Lee’s dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion… She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible.”

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/identitytheftnovel

Twitter: @LauraLeeAuthor

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Identity-Theft-Laura-Lee/dp/0965734544

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25010416-identity-theft

Word Press: https://lauraleeauthor.wordpress.com/

Writing Update – Grad School Survival Guide

Some of you cool kids may remember I am writing a helpful and humorous guide to surviving grad school. For those who didn’t know…now you do!

Each Monday I post a weekly survival tip on my site dedicated to my writing journey, LBoitnott. I want to make sure everyone has access to these tips so I’ll be sharing them here as well! Feel free to check out the first five and let me know what you think!

Tip 1

IMG_0696

Tip 2

IMG_0720

Tip 3

IMG_0749

Tip 4

IMG_0772

Tip 5

IMG_0789

Best of luck on the new semester!

Lindsay

What to Expect – AUGUST

AUGUST

You’ve probably wondered where I’ve been the last few weeks. You may even have worried that I was kidnapped or stuck in a dark room with no books (I pray I’m NEVER stuck in such a place).

Don’t worry. I am fine and I SWEAR I’VE BEEN READING! I just haven’t had the time to sit down and post my reviews because I was a tad busy with a few fun projects last month. (Click here if you want to know more about said projects 😉 go ahead, I know you’re curious!) I have a number of books waiting patiently to be reviewed and you can check out my Goodreads for a sneak peak. But that’s all I’m committing too at the moment!

I haven’t managed to read any of the books I have lined up the last few months, so August is all about winging it old school! Well… not all because I am participating in a review tour of Laura Lee’s Identity Theft. I definitely think my fellow reviewers should join in on the review tour! There are a number of spots still available, just click here!

dog animated GIF

I promise to get you more reviews in August! Hope your summer is going swimmingly and you have plenty of time for beach reading!

Lindsay